The Bedford Incident (1965)

The Bedford Incident is a 1965 BritishAmerican Cold War film starring Richard Widmark and Sidney Poitier and coproduced by Widmark. The cast also features Eric Portman, James MacArthur, Martin Balsam and Wally Cox, as well as early appearances by Donald Sutherland and Ed Bishop. The screenplay by James Poe is based on the 1963 book by Mark Rascovich. That, in turn, was patterned after Herman Melville‘s Moby-Dick; at one point in the film, the captain is advised he is ‘not chasing whales now’. The film was directed by James B. Harris, who, until then, was best known as Stanley Kubrick‘s producer. The American destroyer USS Bedford (DLG-113) detects a Soviet submarine in the GIUK gap near the Greenland coast. Although the U.S. and the Soviet Union are not at war, Captain Eric Finlander (Richard Widmark) harries his prey mercilessly while civilian photojournalist Ben Munceford (Sidney Poitier) and NATO naval advisor Commodore (and ex-Second World War U-boat captain) Wolfgang Schrepke (Eric Portman), look on with mounting alarm. Because the submarine is not powered by a nuclear reactor, it needs to surface periodically to replenish air and recharge its batteries. This gives Finlander an advantage but also means the Soviets will be more desperate. Also aboard the ship are Ensign Ralston (James MacArthur), an inexperienced young officer constantly being criticised by his captain for small errors, and Lieutenant Commander Chester Potter, USNR (Martin Balsam), the ship’s new doctor, who is a reservist recently recalled to active duty. …”
NY Times – Fictional Navy:’ Bedford Incident’ Grim Movie on Cold War
Guardian: More on Cold War movies
amazon: The Bedford incident by Mark Rascovich
YouTube: TRAILER – The Bedford Incident

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